April 3, 2018 > Fremont Symphony delivers ?The Power of Seven?
Fremont Symphony delivers ?The Power of Seven?
Submitted By Caryl Dockter
Three famous and very individual composers?Beethoven, Ravel, and Saint-SaČns?have used different combinations of seven instruments to create the three masterworks on the Fremont Symphony?s Saturday, April 7 program. Featuring twelve musicians in different groupings of seven, ?The Power of Seven? concert will introduce you to the composers? more intimate side, and the power of seven instruments to produce works of great power, beauty, and individuality.
Beethoven composed his septet for the four string instruments plus clarinet, bassoon, and horn in 1800. The septet immediately caught the public?s fancy, and that combination of instruments became, for some time, the standard for other composers? septets.
When asked in 1879 to compose a chamber work including the trumpet, Saint-SaČns? initial reaction was ?Impossible!? But perhaps intrigued by the challenge, he eventually wrote a light-hearted septet, using the trumpet with strings and piano, and its catchy tunes and spirited nature brought it immediate popularity.
Ravel?s impressionistic Introduction and Allegro was commissioned by the źrard company in 1906 to display the expressive range of its double-action pedal harp. Ravel?s septet is the first piece ever to have explored and exploited the full resources of the instrument. It is sometimes described as a miniature harp concerto, showcasing the harp?s expressive range and elegant finesse, and includes flute, clarinet, and string quartet.
These are works that sound orchestral, despite their limited forces. To those who have not yet made their acquaintance, we are happy to introduce these seldom-heard gems, while those familiar with them can look forward to an evening of renewed enjoyment!
Tickets are available at www.fremontsymphony.org, by calling (510) 371-4859, or at the door.
The Power of Seven
Saturday, Apr 7
Irvington Presbyterian Church
4181 Irvington Ave, Fremont
Tickets: $12.50 ? $45